(They wore dark frock coats, top hats, and shiney shoes.)
They all looked alike: too much weight in the front - for that matter, too much weight in the behind- and dressed for a deacon's funeral.
Hi! I don't fairly understand the underlined part. Please help!!!
Last edited by frindle; 14-Oct-2009 at 08:18.
They all looked alike:
too much weight in the front
They had fat stomachs
- for that matter, too much weight in the behind
and they had fat rear ends too
- and dressed for a decon's funeral.
> the word is "deacon."
> A deacon is a clergyman in the Christian churches, one who assists the priests
The idea behind the analogy is that everyone was all dressed in black, and acting formal and solemn. Not only is it important to wear black clothing because it is a funeral, to make it even MORE solemn and formal, it is a DEACON"S funeral!
The sentence is funny because it pokes fun at the people, and because it makes this comical use of an analogy to a "deacon's funeral."
This expression is meant to sort of "double" the solemn, black-clothed, formal effect -- making it downright grim.
For example, if a wedding is supposed to be a light-hearted affair, then a CLOWN's wedding would be a laff riot.